Oct. 12, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount cross country will make an important trip this weekend to the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational, where the Lions will test themselves against three of the seven other West Coast Conference schools they will face at the upcoming WCC Championship. The Bronco Invitational will open Saturday at 9:45 a.m. at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, Calif.
In what has become the largest meet on the west coast this weekend, 24 women's teams and 18 men's teams will compete in three championship races. Three ranked teams will be there on the women's side, including top-ranked Stanford and regionally-ranked Cal State Fullerton (11th) and Boise State (13th). The Lions topped Cal State Fullerton at the Stanford Invitational just weeks ago. Other WCC foes include San Francisco, Saint Mary's, and the host Broncos.
For the Lion runners who are scheduled to compete in the championship part of the season, including the WCC Championship, NCAA Regionals, and NCAA Nationals, this Saturday's Bronco Invitational will be the final tune-up before the postseason. The remaining Lions will have one more opportunity next weekend at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational.
"This will be a great tune-up for our conference meet in two weeks," LMU Head Coach Scott Guerrero said. "There will be four WCC teams in attendance, which is half of the conference field. It will be the first and only time prior to the championship that we get a look at some of these teams."